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As the fourth overall pick in 1994 -- Robert Kraft's first year owning the Patriots -- McGinest predated Belichick's arrival in New England by six years. But he was a steady contributor in the beginning of the Belichick era. In the five seasons he played under Belichick, McGinest had sacks, the fourth-most of any Patriots player since Belichick took over in 2000. Of McGinest's 16 postseason sacks -- the most in NFL history -- came under Belichick, including the he recorded against the Jaguars in 2005, which is still a single-game record. He was a really great athlete and is an even better person.

Among the other black Minutemen who fought at Concord was Peter Salem, from Framingham, Massachusetts, a slave whose owners had freed him so he could enlist. Two months after the Battle of Concord, Salem was among the two dozen or so blacks to see action, and plenty of it, at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Several early accounts of the battle credited Salem with having fired the shot that killed Royal Marine Major John Pitcairn, who had led British Regulars into battle against the Patriots at Lexington and Concord. As historian Benjamin Quarles pointed out, however, ‘The story that Salem fired the shot that felled…Pitcairn is not easy to substantiate.’ In any event, the freed slave from Framingham appears to have won renown for his marksmanship because his musket, which saw further use at Saratoga and Stony Point, may be seen in a display case, bearing his name, at the Bunker Hill Monument.

"We drove there, and we all decided we'd go out to dinner together. Tom being who he was, he usually couldn't come to a team event like that," Hoyer recalled. "But this was impromptu at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Rochester. The whole team is there. And it turns into a beer-chugging contest. You have linemen, Julian Edelman, they all think they are going to win. Then someone says, 'I heard Tom is really great at chugging a beer.' We don't usually get to experience him like this, but we finally coax him into doing it. He does it, and let me tell you, you couldn't have poured out the beer faster into a glass. It was unbelievable."

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